Manager, Government Affairs
About Us Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 15,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world's largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI with manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees. Recently named one of Milwaukee's Top Places to Work, we care about our associates and have programs in place to help our team members achieve their potential. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. Primary Function The Manager, Government Affairs is a shared policy resource across the Corporate Technology Center, North American Water Heating, Lochinvar, North American Water Treatment, and the Legal Department. Directly reporting to the Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, the Manager will assist with the identification, creation, monitoring, communication, and execution of policy strategies that will both inform and advance the company's strategic business objectives primarily at the State and Local government level. The Manager will also provide support to the Senior Manager, Regulatory and Technical Affairs in advancing the Company's regulatory objectives in front of State and Local governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations. This position would ideally be located in Washington, yet we are open to considering Milwaukee, California or Nashville. Relocation assistance is available for highly qualified candidates. Travel up to 50% may be required. Responsibilities Assist in the identification, tracking, and analysis of, public policy and legislative developments that can impact the company with a primary focus on State and Local government and agencies. Advocate and Educate key State and Local elected officials regarding the company, its products, and public policy goals and objectives. Represent company on industry trade organization and non-governmental organization committees and working groups where applicable that focus on State and Local government policy making that may impact the business objectives of the company. Assist in the development, building, and maintaining a network of governmental, industry, and non-governmental organization policy relationships in North America. Assist in the growth, administration, and attend events of the A. O. Smith Political Action Committee. Qualifications Private sector and/or public sector position in which he/she provided analysis of proposed legislation and regulations affecting manufactured products, including standards, test procedures, and reporting/compliance obligations. This can include experience working within a regulatory agency, legislative body, industry association, or non-governmental organization. Sophisticated understanding of the legislative, regulatory, and administrative processes. Experience and relationships State and Local governmental policy making organizations. Experience working with non-governmental organizations in the energy-efficiency, buildings, energy storage, demand response program areas. Experience with Lobbying Disclosure/Reporting, as well as political action committees. Communication - Ability to write clearly, concisely and in a professional manner; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication; eg, able to communicate technical issues to staff, management, and association members. Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task. Teamwork - Ability to think and act independently but also work as a member of a larger team. Planning and organizing - ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work in order to meet deadlines. Relationship building - ability to build relationships internally and externally with elected and appointed office holders, staff, as well as industry associations, and non-governmental advocacy organizations. Familiarity with MS Office Suite (Microsoft360, strong excel and ppt), software platform aptitude (eg BGOV, PoliticoPro, National Journal, Constant Contact) Education Bachelor's Degree in Related Field Years of Experience Minimum of 5 years related work experience We Offer Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.